How To Use iCloud | A New User Guide

With Apple’s iCloud service you can store your music, photos, documents, and even more data wirelessly, in ‘the cloud’, or more accurately, in the iCloud. Seamlessly push your data to all your devices automatically and effortlessly.

You can never tell exactly when you may suddenly be in the mood to hear to your favorite song or watch an episode of your favorite movie or television show. With iCloud, you can automatically download new music purchases to all your devices the moment you tap ‘Buy’ in iTunes. Guess what else? You can also access your past music and TV show purchases from any of your devices. And you can do it wirelessly and without syncing.

What is iCloud | How To Use iCloudThere are all kinds of cool ways how to use iCloud. You can take a photo on one device and it will automatically appear on all of your other devices, even your Mac or PC. When you transfer pictures to your computer from your digital camera iCloud sends copies via Wi-Fi to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can even look at recent pictures on your TV via Apple TV. There’s no syncing involved, no email attachments to send, and no file transfers. Your pictures just appear on whatever device you have on hand.

How To Use iCloud

How to use iCloud is very easy and setting it up is no exception. Simple to use and simple to setup, it’s only a few steps before all your important stuff is up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

Here are some information you might want to know:

How To Setup iCloud

icloud | How To Use iCloudGet iCloud up and running in your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Computer. And discover the best way to set up Find My iPhone. All it will take can be a couple of effortless steps.

  • Make sure your iOS Device is running iOS 5. To update to iOS 5, just connect your device to your Mac or PC and follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes.
  • If you turn on a brand new iOS device or following you’ve finished the update to iOS 5, follow to the onscreen instructions to activate your device and setup iCloud. In the event you skipped the setup method or want to change your iCloud settings, tap the Setting icon on the Home Screen display and tap iCloud.
  • Customize Your Setting. Tap the Settings icon and select iCloud. Tap the On/Off switches to enable individual iCloud services, including Photo Stream, Documents, Find My iPhone, and more.
  • Enable Automatic Downloads. To enable automatic downloads for your music, apps, and books, tap the Settings icon on the Home Screen and select Store.

iTunes With iCloud

itunes_icon | how to use iCloudiCloud can immediately download new music purchases to all of your devices over Wi-Fi or over 3G in case you select. Which means you can buy a song from iTunes on your iPad at home, and find it waiting for you on your iPhone during your early morning commute. All with no having to sync.

You’ll be able to download new music and Tv shows you have formerly bought to all of your iOS Devices. If you buy from iTunes, iCloud stores your purchase history. So you are able to see what you’ve bought – no matter which iOS Device you purchased it on. You are able to accessibility your purchase history from your iTunes Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, Pc, or Apple Television. And considering that you already very own the songs, albums, or TV shows inside your buy background, it is possible to tap to download them to any of your iOS devices.

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Photo Stream With iCloud

photostream_icon | How To Use iCloudTake a photo on an iOS device. Or import a photo out of your digital camera for your personal computer. iCloud automatically pushes a copy of that photo over any accessible Wi-Fi or LAN connection to the Photo app in your iOS device, iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac, as well as the Pictures Library on your Computer. You are able to even see your Photo Stream album on your Apple TV. So you can show off your shots to friends and family from whichever device you’re using at the time.

iCloud manages your Photo Stream efficiently so you don’t run out of storage space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you have Photo Stream enabled on your iOS device, every single photo you take appears in a special Photo Stream album that holds your last 1000 photos. You can’t edit or delete photos from your Photo Stream. If you want to touch up a photo or keep a favorite shot permanently, simply save it to your Camera Roll. iCloud stores new photos for 30 days, so you have plenty of time to connect your iOS device to Wi-Fi and make sure you always have your most recent shots handy.

Find My Friend

findmy_friends_icon | How To Use iCloudFind My Friends is a new app available as a free download from the App Store that lets you easily share your location with people who are important to you. Friends and family appear on a map so you can quickly see where they are. Find My Friends also lets you temporarily share your location with a group of friends, whether it’s for a couple of hours for a dinner or a couple of days on a camping trip; when the time is up, the sharing ends. With Find My Friends, you get a notification every time you get a new friend request and if you give them permission, they can see your location. With a simple tap you can hide your location. Parental controls help you manage how your child uses Find My Friends.

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Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac

findmy_devices_icon | How To Use iCloudDon’t panic. As soon as you realize one of your Apple devices is missing, iCloud can help you figure out where it is. The Find My iPhone app can help you if one of your devices is missing. Just use the free Find My iPhone app on another device, or sign in at from a computer to see your missing iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on a map, display a message, and remotely lock or wipe your missing device. Find My iPhone now lets you locate a missing Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 (“Lion”).

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abdb_backup_icon | How To Use iCloudiCloud Backup automatically and securely backs up your most important information to iCloud daily over Wi-Fi whenever your iOS device is connected to a power source. Once you plug it in, everything is backed up quickly and efficiently. iCloud already stores your purchased music, TV shows, apps, books and Photo Stream; iCloud Backup takes care of everything else, backing up your photos and video in the Camera Roll, device settings, app data, home screen and app organization, messages and ringtones. iCloud Backup can even help you set up a new iOS device or restore the information on one you already own.

iCloud Backup your:

  • Purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books
  • Photos and video in the Camera Roll
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS)
  • Ringtones

Start Here. Finish There.

iCloud is not only for playing around. When it comes to getting work done iCloud can be a big help. All the amazing documents and presentations you create on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can easily be kept up to date across all your iOS devices. You don’t have to save your work or transfer your files because your data — with all your most recent updates — automatically appears on all your devices. iCloud is already configured into Apple iOS apps such as Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. It also works with other iCloud-enabled applications. You can create a spreadsheet on your iPad and make edits on your iPhone. Listen to music on your iPod touch and finish on your iPad at home.

All Your Apps. All the Time.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you definitely have apps. If you’re like most people, you probably download new apps all the time. iCloud automatically downloads new app purchases to all your devices simultaneously. That way the app you need is always where you need it, when you need it. If an app you purchased some time ago isn’t on one of your devices, do not worry because you can easily download it from your purchase history at no additional charge.

When you purchase a new book from the iBookstore, iCloud makes sure it appears on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. That way if your reading is interrupted, you can pick your book back up on another device, in exactly the same place you left off. Besides the best seller you can’t put down to now, the iBooks application maintains a list of books you’ve read in the past. Just like with your apps, you can download them again at any time to any of your devices.

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  1. LynnieD says:

    OK, I just purchased a new Iphone 4, went through your instructions of Icloud set up. But now my question is how do I sync my Iphone photos with my Windows 7 PC? Thanks,

    1. Broer says:

      Download iTunes for Windows…

  2. Mary says:

    Hi – I can’t change my iCloud user photo. I’ve gone through the motions to change it 10 times and every time, it reverts back to the old photo once I click “done” on the box where I uploaded a new photo.

    Bizarre and annoying!

    Any idea what’s going on?

  3. Braxton says:

    I share an iTunes account with my family. I don’t want my pictures, contacts, calender events etc. going onto their devices and the other way around. Is there a way I can control certain things to be pushed to other devices? I need help understanding iCloud all together!

    1. Brad says:

      Yes, you can control those things. Simply select the Settings icon on your phone, then “iCloud.” There you’ll see individual options for photos, email, calendar, etc.

  4. marty says:

    I upgraded and now have icloud but all my photos disappeared from my phone and I can’t find them!

    1. chris says:

      Same thing with me… i cant find my photos on my iphone

      1. Brooke says:

        look under your photo app (icon with sunflower) instead of your camera app (camera lens icon)

        1. lisa says:

          i havent done anything different with my iphone, all my pictures are gone except for 4 of them ???????? ive looked in photo app and camera app?????

  5. Nora says:

    iTunes keeps coming up regardless of where my phone or iPad are. It then has a pop up that states “An iPad has been detected but it could not be identifiied properly. Please disconnect and reconnect the iPad then try again.” I have tried that. I try and get out of it but no matter what I do it stays on my computer screen. The only way out is to cntr alt delete. It disappears for about 5 seconds and comes back on. Any suggestions?

  6. Michael says:

    My ipad cannot access all of the music in my iTunes. How do I get it to do this. I have an iMac and an iPad. They are both up to date. Thank you.

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  8. Lesley Scott says:

    I have set up my new ipad2 to iCloud – all my saved docs have disappeared from my hotmail folders ( presumably to iCloud) but I have. O idea how to retrieve them! Any suggestions?

  9. still a little confused. got photosteam suncing, but how do i store pictures permanently? is it a matter of copying them to a local hard drive, or can i do it in icloud?

  10. Carrie says:

    iCloud seems to be cool in theory, but even though I am a savvy person I can’t figure out to use it. Most people who have posted here are having problems loosing their files. Seems like a waste of time to me.

  11. mrk says:

    this is the most confusing piece of crap i have ever encountered. in fact, it made me return my iphone4s and go back to android phone

  12. B.a says:

    Good Day! I would like to ask, how if my iphone is not connected to any internet connection and i would like to use the “find my iphone”, can i still locate or see where my iphone is?

  13. Genny says:

    I cloud was working fine – pics sending to computer (windows xp) from my 3gs. Now nada. What the heck.
    I did not change anything and I am not a ditz when it comes to computers, I built mine.
    So why did this suddenly stop working?

  14. Cameow says:

    Everything is synced between my iphone & my ipad except my calendar, which is the main reason I want this. It is on my phone, but not my ipad. How do I get all of my calendar info to transfer to my ipad?

  15. Alan says:

    Does this mean Apple is storing all of this data on there servers and if so how are we covered we data protection?

  16. june says:

    how can i get my imessages to show on my pc via icloud. I can get my emal, calendar, appt. book etc.

  17. Geena Shuck says:

    I was just wondering if I was to backup everything on my iPod touch to iCloud will all my photos be in the photo albums I got from the apps store? And will the games still be where I left off?

  18. Chip says:

    I am trying to copy a song in my laptop iTunes library to my attached iPad. The iCloud status of the song is Matched. When I try to copy the song to an iPad playlist I created, a message says the song is only available in iCloud and must be downloaded from there.

    Can someone tell me how to do this? I’m confused as to why I can’t do this, either.

    Thanks for any help.

  19. Bartho says:

    how do I put documents on icloud?

  20. Luke says:

    I gota iPhone 4 and I’m switching to 4s but I do not have a pc at the moment. How can I transfer all my photos / videos over to my 4s without losing them because I will be giving the 4 away shortly ..

  21. Luke says:

    I gota iPhone 4 and I’m switching to 4s but I do not have a pc at the moment. How can I transfer all my photos / videos over to my 4s without losing them because I will be giving the 4 away shortly .. Is this possible please?

  22. Stacy says:

    How do I delete apps t notthat I want on my I phone but I do not want them to show on my I pad?

  23. Rene' says:

    How do I change my icloud account email address?

  24. Sandy says:

    I see a lot of information on how to set up iCloud but nothing after that. I have set it up on my iPad but how do I use it? Any help would be appreciated.

  25. michalisneo1 says:

    hello.. i saved my progress from a game in icloud slot on my iphone and i’m trying to sync it with the same game at my pc.
    I can see it when i open icloud on my pc but i don’t know how to sync them..
    Does anybody knows how to fix it?
    thanks in advance.. :)

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  29. Christi says:

    My stepson got a new iphone…set up everything and then we got all his photos, etc. He has since left our home and we disconnected his phone from our plan. This weekend we noticed some “new” photos in our photostream that are recent since we disconnected his phone. I am assuming he reactivated his phone and is logged into our Icloud???? Does that sound logical? And, if so, does my having changed the iCloud password stop that from happening again?

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